ANDERSON — A poor shooting performance on offense and an inability to stifle the hot-shooting Rose-Hulman Engineers led to the Anderson men’s basketball team dropping its eighth consecutive game dating back to last season, 66-50.
Despite the Ravens’ dismal 30.4 percent shooting from the field, and 12.5 percent behind the arc, they managed to keep the Engineers within reach for most of the first half.
Freshman Nathan Acree hit a short jumper inside the lane to pull Anderson within seven at 22-15, then Rose-Hulman (3-2) put the game ultimately out of reach.
The Engineers went on their first significant run, 11-0, during a three-minute segment at the end of the first half. That offensive dominance led to a 33-18 halftime lead for Rose-Hulman.
“As a team this year we have had a problem giving up runs,” Ravens’ coach Owen Handy said. “We can play really well for 30-35 minutes, but we give up runs where we just are not in the ball game.”
Shooting struggles are nothing new for Anderson (0-7), who had shot 43.7 percent from the field in its opening six games. The Ravens were outscored in those contests 460-372.
“The first half I thought early we got good shots and missed them, and then we started to panic and take bad shots,” Handy said. “In the second half we got good shots and made them, which gives you the confidence to continue to do what you are doing.”
When Anderson took to the court in the second half, it was like a different team from the one that entered the locker room. The Ravens shot 13-of-23, 56.5 percent from the field during the second half, but still struggled to find success from the line (45.5 percent) and from 3-point range (25 percent).
The Ravens attempted to claw their way back in the game, during the early minutes of the second half by going on a 16-8 run to pull within eight with 10 minutes to play.